Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Broncos rally past Eastern

Every school who gets to host the Brown County Holiday Tournament wants to put a good show on for their fans. The Western Brown Broncos should consider that mission accomplished.

The team rallied from a 25-12 halftime deficit to knock the Eastern Brown Warriors into the consolation bracket, riding a 27-point outburst in the fourth quarter to a 54-40 victory Tuesday night.

It didn’t appear that the Broncos would send their fans home happy early. The Broncos got three points in the first half from Brandon Butler, but the rest of the team scored just six total. Eastern, meanwhile, saw Nick Kelch put up six points in the first eight minutes of the contest while Marcus Day chipped in five.

The second quarter was more of a balanced attack for the Warriors, as Blake Rigdon scored four points and Charles Bellamy, Day and Mickey Hundley all each added at least two points. Western Brown scored just three points in the quarter, one on a free-throw by Hunter O’hara and another on a bucket by Logan Nickell.

Part of Western Brown’s problem in the first half could be Chaiten Tomlin’s foul trouble. He picked up two fouls in the first half and did not play majority of the second quarter. Western Brown head coach Greg Foster pointed the finger in a different direction.

“In the first half, we didn’t come out ready to play apparently,” Foster said. “We talked about it before the game. We had two or three good practices before and we were just a completely different team in the first half than what we were at practice. We talked about it a little bit in the locker room and turned the switch on there in the second half.”

They didn’t just turn the switch on, they ripped it off the wall and lit it on fire. Tomlin came back into the game and hit three three-point shots. While he worked the perimeter, O’hara scored six points on the interior for Western Brown, who out-scored Eastern 15-6 in the third.

That set up a fourth quarter that early on looked like it was going to be a battle. Eastern entered the quarter leading 31-27 but the Broncos quickly tied it when Brandon Butler hit a three-pointer at the 6:38 mark. He was fouled and hit the shot to tie the game at 31.

Hundley answered for Eastern, drilling a three-pointer to put the Warriors up 34-31. Nickell answered with a triple of his own at the 5:25 mark and less than 30 seconds later Tomlin soared through the air for a lay-up and with the ensuing foul the Broncos took a 37-34 lead.

Bellamy wouldn’t let the Warriors go away that easily, or so everyone thought. His three-pointer tied the game with 3:15 remaining. The problem is Eastern didn’t score a point after that, while Western Brown went on a 14-0 run to close out their victory.

The Broncos out-scored the Warriors 42-17 in the second half, thanks in large part to the team buying in on defense and executing. Foster said that’s a strong part of his team.

“That’s something that we pride ourselves on,” Foster said. “I always tell them if everybody isn’t doing it, it’s not going to work.”

Tomlin led Western Brown with 24 points, 22 of which came in the second half. O’hara finished with 11, which earned him a special mention from Foster.

“Hunter played exceptionally well,” Foster said. “He had 11 points, which is big for him. He had a lot of big rebounds defensively.”

Bellamy and Day led the Warriors with nine points each. Blake Rigdon and Nick Kelch added eight apiece for the Warriors. Western Brown advances to the championship bout against Fayetteville Wednesday night, and Foster knows the team will have a battle on their hands.

“We have to come out and play out of the gate,” Foster said. “I know they’re going to be physical with us, they always are. They try to match our physicality and the way we play. Tonight we kind of fell into Eastern’s lap and in the second half we started to take the reigns. Tomorrow we have to play our game.”

For complete results of the 2015 Brown County Holiday Tournament, check out the Jan. 3, 2016 edition of the News Democrat.

Eastern’s Blake Rigdon attempts to guard Western Brown’s Chaiten Tomlin in the first half of the game Tuesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_8798.jpgEastern’s Blake Rigdon attempts to guard Western Brown’s Chaiten Tomlin in the first half of the game Tuesday night.

Senior Chaiten Tomlin scores two of his 24 points for the Broncos Tuesday night in the Brown County Holiday Classic.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_8829.jpgSenior Chaiten Tomlin scores two of his 24 points for the Broncos Tuesday night in the Brown County Holiday Classic.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Western Brown 54, Eastern 40

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Eastern

14

11

6

9

40

Western Brown

9

3

15

27

54

Eastern – Bellamy 3 0 9, Day 4 0 9, Hundley 1 5 8, Kelch 3 0 6, Rigdon 3 2 8

Western Brown – Wolfe 1 0 2, Butler 2 4 9, O’hara 4 3 11, Fischer 1 0 2, Nickell 2 1 6, Tomlin 7 7 24

Halftime: Eastern 25, Western Brown 12

Three-pointers: Eastern 5 (Bellamy 3, Day, Hundley), Western Brown 5 (Tomlin 3, Butler, Nickell)

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter @GNDShanklin.

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